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Picture of a mosaic of Poseidon and Amphitrite


This mosaic showing Poseidon and his nymph wife Amphitrite is from Herculaneum.
Neptune and Amphitrite Mosaic

Neptune and Amphitrite Mosaic

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Amphitrite was the sea goddess wife of the sea god Poseidon (aka Neptune). Amphitrite was either a Nereid and the daughter of Nereus and Doris, or an Oceanid and the daughter of Oceanus and Tethys. When Poseidon first sought Amphitrite as his bride, she was not interested: she fled to Atlas. But Delphin persuaded her to marry the sea god, for which service he was rewarded. Delphin's dolphin form was made into a constellation.

Amphitrite is associated with a golden spindle. To her husband Poseidon, she gave birth to Triton, Kymopoleia, Benthesikyme, and Rhode. Amphitrite was the mother of fish, shellfish, dolphins, and seals.

[Source: Theoi - Amphitrite.]

Some ancient sources on Amphitrite:

  • Homer
  • Hesiod
  • The Homeric Hymns
  • Pindar
  • Bacchylides
  • Apollodorus
  • Apollonius Rhodius
  • Quintus Smyrnaeus
  • Pausanias
  • Aelian
  • Athenaeus
  • Hyginus
  • Vergil/Virgil
  • Apuleius
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